run by Germans

alexcn

Senior Member
Mandarin Chinese
I happened to encounter this phrase " run by Germans" that I don't understand in the episode 19 of season 1 Desperate Housewives when Lynette's quarrelling with Mrs.McCluskey, Mrs.McCluskey said :" Go to hell!" and Lynette replied:"Run by Germans!"

So, what's your opinions?

Thx in advance.....
 
  • IDK

    Senior Member
    Amr English
    They show that show in China!? Anyways, Lynette is "completing" (adding to) McCluskey's sentence as a way to return his statement.

    Go to [the] hell...run by Germans.
     

    Brioche

    Senior Member
    Australia English
    I happened to encounter this phrase " run by Germans" that I don't understand in the episode 19 of season 1 Desperate Housewives when Lynette's quarrelling with Mrs.McCluskey, Mrs.McCluskey said :" Go to hell!" and Lynette replied: "Run by Germans!"

    So, what's your opinions?

    Thx in advance.....
    It is a reference to a joke about different nationalities.

    Heaven Is Where:
    The French are the chefs
    The Italians are the lovers
    The British are the police
    The Germans are the mechanics
    And the Swiss make everything run on time



    Hell is Where:
    The British are the chefs
    The Swiss are the lovers
    The French are the mechanics
    The Italians make everything run on time
    And the Germans are the police



    Germans are stereotypically hard-working and methodical, so if they run hell, all the furnaces will be operating all the time at the optimum temperature, thus a really "hellish" hell.
     
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